Industry Views

Do you really need to print that? Why Health Care should take a page from the Travel industry

When it comes to being green, Health Care, and supporting service organizations to the Health Care Industry, need to take a page from the Travel Industry.

Travelling serves as an excellent reminder to be conscious of environmental issues and consumption in general.  The amount of trash generated in one cross-Canada flight alone is disturbing, even though airlines are making concerted and very visible efforts to reduce the amount of waste they generate. Hotels have gotten the message as well, and you can’t get on the elevator without reading the hotel environmental policy and to please reuse your towels and linens.   The cynics amongst us like to think that this is all just “green” marketing.  The optimists say “So what?”  If marketing is what it takes to make us think about this issue, then so be it.

Hospitals, like hotels are actively trying to address this issue and are seeking ways to balance the critical need for cleanliness with the equally critical need to help ensure our planet remains fit for habitation.   But what about us – what can Excelleris do to reduce our environmental impact?

Thoughts on the ImagineNation Challenges and Innovation in Health Care

Excelleris was recently awarded first place in the Canada Health Infoway ImagineNation Challenge in the category of Patient Access to Information. The awards were announced on 27-May-13 at the eHealth 2013 conference in Ottawa and presented to organizations that seek to inspire, provoke, and promote innovation in health and health care. We were of course delighted to place first in our category (competitive souls work here!), and we will of course participate in any future Challenges that Infoway sponsors. The team at Infoway does a great job of supporting the organizations that enter, and it is a great way to increase awareness of the many innovations that are emerging in the Health Care Industry. (more…)